Every Monday in October (5, 12, 19, 26) 2020

This 4-part virtual speaker series invites you to explore how mindfulness can help us address challenges that have become central to our society over the last year. Personal and interpersonal insight can help build communities that foster connection, opportunity, health, and fulfillment.

Each session runs from 5-6:30 p.m.
Cost: $15 per session; $50 for the full series

All money raised through this series will support NHTI students through the NHTI Lynx Cupboard food pantry, NHTI Cares emergency fund, and The Presidents Fund book fund.

Our Speakers

Social Mindfulness as Organisational Transformation

Oct. 5, 2020; 5-6:45 p.m.

** Special Guest Sharon Salzberg will hold a guided mindful meditation

The pandemic has laid bare divisions in society and the risk of conflict grows. We know we need to do things differently, but we don’t know what to do. If mindfulness can help us understand our humanness, it can help us work together to build a better world.

Mark Leonard is a pioneer, applying mindfulness in sustainability and as organisational change. He played a key role in establishing the Oxford Mindfulness Centre where he adapted Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for the workplace. Wishing to address the causes of stress rather than teach mindfulness as self-help, he developed a new social mindfulness programme, Mindfulness-Based Organisational Education. He now delivers Social Mindfulness as Organisational Development in partnership with the UK-based consultants Talik & Co.

This session is sponsored by:


Reimagining Our Lives Through Compassion

Oct. 12, 2020; 5-6:30 p.m.

Compassion is critical at a time when COVID-19 and other world events call for reimagining our lives. Isolation and quarantine show how important others are to a healthy life, and compassion is what moves us to create a life and a society with respect and care for all. This session will include a compassion and mindfulness exercise and discussion.

Mirabai Bush is the founder and Senior Fellow of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. Under her direction, The Center introduced contemplative practices into higher education, law, business, environment leadership, the military, and social justice activism.

She co-founded the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education. She co-developed the curriculum for Search Inside Yourself for Google, the first program in mindfulness-based emotional intelligence. She is on the board of Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute.

She is co-author with Daniel Barbezat of Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Powerful Methods to Transform Teaching and Learning; co-author with Ram Dass of Walking Each Other Home: Conversations on Loving and Dying and Compassion in Action: Setting Out on the Path of Service; and editor of Contemplation Nation: How Ancient Practices Are Changing the Way We Live.

This session is sponsored by:

Mindfulness and Police Reform

Oct. 19, 2020; 5-6:30 p.m.

Mindfulness skills are foundational
for the health, humanity, and performance of police officers and police leaders. Working with police and community leaders to integrate awareness and compassion will open up new possibilities for how to transform our criminal justice system.

Richard Goerling is a certified mindfulness trainer, retired police officer, and veteran who believes in our innate resilience, humanity and capacity to show up, serve others and thrive through crisis. Richard has spearheaded the introduction of mindfulness training into policing in the United States and Canada as part of a larger cultural transformation toward a compassionate, skillful, and resilient warrior ethos. He spent 24 years in civilian law enforcement and enjoyed a career in the U.S. Coast Guard, both active-duty and reserve. One of Richard’s current projects is being trained by a Therapy K9 named Buddha, who trains alongside to bring joy and mindfulness skills to responders and veterans. Richard is an affiliate professor in the School of Graduate Psychology at Pacific University, conducting research on mindfulness in policing. He’s also an adjunct professor at Portland State University in the Hatfield School of Government teaching ethical leadership to criminology students.

This session is sponsored by:

            Unitarian Universalist Church

Mindful Intersections: Liberation Over Time

Oct. 26, 2020; 5-6:30 p.m.

Through a combination of talk, group work, and discussion, this workshop will explore the importance of developing a mindful presence, investigating thought, speech, and listening paving the way for expanding personal truth, and how these processes offer steps towards transformative healing. 

Stephanie Briggs is a former community college professor and the owner of Be.Still.Move., a program of mindful/contemplative embodied movement and arts-based learning. Her main focus is on the creation of contemplative compassionate communities, the use of movement and art to investigate individual intersections and trauma, and engaged facilitation in healing, empathy, and compassion practices. Stephanie has studied improvisation and vocalization with Meredith Monk, completed MBSR training, and recently finished the 400 Years of Inequality Mindfulness Facilitation training with Dr. Angel Acosta. Her work focuses on ways of rethinking and releasing suffering, whether she is working with students, faculty, small groups, businesses, non-profits, or senior citizens. 

This session is sponsored by:


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